Shortly after the closure of the January transfer window, Roy Hodgson confirmed that Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita would be joining Palace on a free transfer over the summer but yesterday, Spanish football outlet Marca put a spanner in the works.
According to them, Guaita has a get-out clause written into his pre-contract agreement with the Eagles which allows for the termination of the deal, should we be relegated from the Premier League in May. With the man himself currently sitting pretty in 11th with Getafe, it’s a stipulation that would make a great deal of sense for him on a personal level but for Palace fans, it would obviously represent a major kick in the teeth.
Suggestions in Spain of the existence of a get-out clause, but my understanding is that Vicente Guaita will join #CPFC under the Bosman Ruling on 1 July whether they are in the Premier League or Championship. All parties committed. This was original take: https://t.co/Cuv77JKJ2Y
— Dominic Fifield (@domfifield) February 27, 2018
For what it’s worth, The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield sent the above tweet when word of a potential get-out clause was first mentioned yesterday, leaving everyone feeling mightily unsure about the lay of the land in relation to Guaita’s immediate future. I and I’m sure thousands of other supporters would love to see a keeper of his quality in the side should we drop into the Championship but given our recent luck when it comes to that particular position, I feel as though we should all mentally prepare ourselves for another messy break-up to occur.
It’s now close to two years since Steve Mandanda was first brought in from Marseille to solve our long-term need for an undisputed number one, only for the Frenchman to quickly decide that life in SE25 was not for him and publicly pine for a move back across the channel. After a full season of uncertainty, the club decided to cut their losses and sanction a deal, whilst somehow failing to secure a replacement for him throughout the entirety of the summer.
Ridiculously, we then made it through the whole of January without strengthening our options beyond Hennessey and Speroni and have now been left with a “will he, won’t he?” saga to contend with between now and June.
When you factor the club’s botched Deadline Day attempt to sign Frederick Ronnow from Brondby into the mix, serious questions must surely be asked about our strategy behind the scenes, given how desperate we are to cling onto our place in the Premier League.
Nothing is ever straightforward.